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At Era of Melody Queens’ performance, SWAN thrills guests with Indian music


From left to right (front row), Mr. Mahendra Waman, Mr. Ambadas Konapure, Mrs. Pallavi Sankhe, Head Teacher of the school, Mr. Ikupity M. O.; Mr. Ravindra Kadam and Mr. Jayawant Borse with school staff and students during the association’s visit.

Recently, Swar-Yatra Artists Association of Nigeria (SWAN) staged an orchestra performance, Era of Melody Queens, at the Darlington Hall, Ilupeju, Lagos.

Dedicated to prominent lady singers from India, the concert attracted over 500 guests, who enjoyed every moment of the show. Also in attendance were two special guests, Mrs. Fatoke and Mrs. Kazim, both staff of Al-Wajud Nursery and Primary School, Lawanson, Surulere.

Swar-Yatra, meaning musical journey, is a platform created by SWAN to entertain not only the Indian music lovers, but also other communities interested in India music.

It started with three founders, Mr. Shrirang Awadhani, Mrs. Pallavi Sankhe and Mr. Sudhir Sankhe, and today, the membership has grown to over 40.

Though, the group was recently registered as a cultural association, its musical journey started in 2015, when some like-minded music lovers, came together to provide quality entertainment, as well as to foster cultural understanding.

The association has a band with talented artists, as well as a vibrant support team. Some of the artists are, in fact, trained musicians while others take music as a hobby. Since they all work in different organisations, members dedicate their weekends for rehearsals.

For many years, the association has hosted musical concerts and events, including, Swar-Yatra Little Champs, a specially arranged show for Indian kids, to give them opportunity to showcase their talent.

This year’s show was unique, as SWAN donated 50 benches to Al-Wajud School. Some days earlier, the president and members of the association had come up with idea of helping the local community.

After a brainstorming session, members identified Al-Wajud School as a less privileged school, which needed support. A team from the association visited the school on October 25 to have interaction with staff and students.

Aside from the donation, the young association is committed to lifting the society with 100 per cent poverty alleviation programmes. Members believe that helping society is their moral responsibility and they are ready to go extra mile for the cause.

Swar-Yatra, which is supported by organisations such as, Aayra (Mrs. Kirti Sudhanshu), Olam (Mr. Sethi), Avanti (Mr. Arvind), is managed by a team of trustees comprising, Mrs. Pallavi Sankhe (President), Mrs. Shubhra Mulherkar (Vice President), Mr. Joseph Anthony (Secretary), Mr. Satyam Chalke (Treasurer), Mr. Shibu George and Mr. Sanjay Deshmukh.

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